Horses Performance Enhanced With Chiropractic
From the June 19,
2006 issue of the Thoroughbred Times comes an article by a veterinarian,
Sean Redman, D.V.M. who uses chiropractic on the horses he cares for.
He starts off by explaining, "The theory behind chiropractic therapy is
that proper function of the musculoskeletal system allows the rest of the
body, particularly the nervous system, to function properly as well. When
this happens, the body is able to heal itself, fight disease, and maintain
author notes that there is no formal training in veterinary school for
chiropractic care. However, now there are two organizations that
offer such training. Both the International Veterinary Chiropractic
Association and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association regulate
certification of doctors in the field of animal chiropractic.
In his article, Dr.
Redman explains the goal of chiropractic for horses as follows, "The goal
of the adjustment is to restore normal mobility to the joint, thereby
stimulating normal neurological reflexes and reducing pain and muscle
spasm. In this way, chiropractic therapy treats the nervous system by way
of the musculoskeletal system in a conservative and noninvasive manner
that enhances the body's innate healing capacity."
The article also
noted some signs that may be present when a horse has vertebral
subluxations. They include horses that pin their ears when ridden, pull
constantly on one rein, have difficulty picking up a lead or changing
leads, avoid standing squarely on all limbs; or have difficulty standing
for the farrier or for other procedures.